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Made from varieties traditionally used in
port, this juicy Portuguese red shows how
well the grapes work in dry wines, too.
What You Need To Know
Portugal’s terrific dry wines are only
just starting to gain the recognition that they deserve. Native
grapes, adapted to the country over millennia and long used to
make port, are creating exciting table wines from all over the
country, not just the port stronghold of the Douro Valley. Case in
point: this succulent, cherry-driven red from the Alentejo, an
up-and-coming region in southeast Portugal that’s becoming
known for fruity, intense reds. Casa Agrícola HMR was established
in 1987 on land farmed for grapes since Roman times. Its entrylevel
Varal blend is unusually fresh and juicy for Alentejo,
and exactly what makes the wine so food-friendly and gulpable.
Spicy red cherry
Bright sour cherry flavors
are juicy and direct.
Cellar temperature—the bottle should be
cool to the touch.
Herby or spicy pork
and poultry dishes.